Financial Support for DPhil Study

Graduate students typically fund their studies from a variety of different sources, including savings or parental support, loans, scholarships or awards and employment. We are delighted that the outstanding calibre of our DPhil students is evident from the sheer number of awards regularly received. In the past few years nearly all OII doctoral students have received full funding with scholarships and financial support including awards from:

A comprehensive searchable database of scholarships and awards for students is maintained by the University of Oxford Fees and Funding Office. We strongly recommend that prospective applicants consult this database before applying to the OII. In addition to these university-level awards, many colleges also have awards, bursaries or scholarships for their students: these are usually open to Home, EU and overseas students but may be subject limited. For further information please consult individual college websites.

Please note that in order to be considered for most of the University's scholarship awards, prospective students must submit their DPhil application to OII no later than the January application deadline.

OII Scholarships

The OII offers either one or two DPhil scholarships each academic year, awarded on the basis of academic merit. The available sum is equivalent to the cost of overseas fees for one year, and may be awarded in its entirety to one student or split equally between two. The scholarships are not usually awarded to students in receipt of other substantial awards.

All prospective students who are offered a place on the OII's doctoral programme will be considered automatically for this scholarship, alongside current students who are also eligible to apply. Decisions will usually be made in May for the next academic year.

ESRC Studentships 2015/16 - Social Science of the Internet Pathway

The University of Oxford is one of 21 centres of postgraduate excellence accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) as a Doctoral Training Centre. The University is one of the major providers of social science research training in the UK, and has one of the largest and most diverse pools of academic social scientists producing internationally recognised research. It is home to a number of outstanding departments, which are committed to research to develop a greater understanding of all aspects of society.

The Oxford Internet Institute has at least 1 studentship to offer for entry in 2015/16, and we are pleased to invite applications for Masters-to-DPhil or DPhil programmes for studentships starting in October 2015, in the Social Science of the Internet training pathway.

How to apply: Please apply using the standard graduate application form, and confirm with the department by emailing that you wish to be considered for an ESRC studentship. For details on applying to Oxford, go see the DPhil in Information, Communication and the Social Sciences webpage on the Graduate Admissions website.

Please note: To be considered for an ESRC studentship award, applicants must apply by the January admissions application deadline.

OII Research Funds

We are pleased to offer up to £500 of research funding to all our DPhil students to cover essential research expenses (e.g. conference attendance or fieldwork costs).

OII Hardship Funds

Limited funding may be available to assist students who face unexpected financial hardship during the course of their study.


Whilst many graduate students do undertake employment to support their studies, students should remember that the OII's DPhil programme is a full-time course and limits will be imposed on the number of hours that may be worked each week. Within these limitations, many of the OII's existing DPhil students have been employed on a short or long-term basis as Research Assistants on grant-funded projects gaining valuable research experience. We also offer Teaching Assistant positions on the MSc degree for DPhil students who can display the appropriate skills. In addition, there are employment opportunities within the University (such as teaching, translation, and research assistance) as well as within the OII.

If you are a candidate interested in finding out more about funded Research Assistant or Teaching Assistant positions, please contact: